Sidbury sunk at home by Witheridge and lose top spot in the process

Sidbury United played Wellington Town 2nds at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 8895-47-

Sidbury United played Wellington Town 2nds at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 8895-47-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders - Credit: Archant

Sidbury United 1, Witheridge 2 Sidbury suffered only a third defeat of the season and also lost top spot in the Fresha League One table as fourth placed Witheridge went home with the points.

The game starting with Sidbury having all the possession, but they struggled to get in behind a very well-drilled Witheridge defence.

It was the away side who took the lead with their only attack of the half when a long ball found the striker who lobbed `keeper Keast from 20-yards.

Sidbury responded well an enjoyed long periods of possession, but without finding a way through the defensive line!

After the break it was more of the same Sidbury pressing and the visitors happy to sit back, soak up pressure, and hit back on the counter!

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The equaliser owed much to the guile of Ash Small as he swivelled in the area before firing home.

If the home faithful thought that that would see their side go onto claim all three points they were to be left disappointed for, with 10 minutes remaining a quick throw from found the Withy winger who delivered a telling cross that two United defenders went for and, as often happens in such cases, neither got there and it fell kindly to an unmarked visiting player who thumped it home at the far post for what proved to be the winning goal.

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United boss Jeremy Schofield said: “I am gutted. That result is hard to take. We did everything but score and yet our defending was such that perhaps we deserved what we got from the game! They (Witheridge) had a game plan, and, to be fair to them, it worked. They defended well. Hopefully we’ll learn fro this and come back stronger.”

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